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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Apr 16 2018 :  08:51:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jumping in late here...

First, both Nancy and Connie, I'm so sorry to hear about your changing landscape and how disconnected people are changing the face of it. I'm glad both of you are able to let go, pick up stakes and move out. The sad part is that, in your wake, there is left only a fragment of people like you to try to maintain some sanity. In far Northern Calif we are all locking elbows and hanging on with our fingernails!

Second, about canning lids, I'm far from an expert but have read plenty of books over my 35 years of canning and I have developed a very healthy respect for the invisible, odorless monsters who want to move into our canned foods. In the case that some younger person is following the thread and trying to learn how to can, I would strongly caution that you should ALWAYS follow instructions with certain types of food, that being low-acid, meats, legumes and anything not preserved with lots of sugar or vinegar. The results of eating tomatoes with botulism can literally be deadly.

And lastly, Connie, I finally paid attention to your tag lines and looked at your vintage sewing machine website! Is that your business? How amazingly impressive! I should make you my mentor and start a west-coast sister store, as I have at least 4 of those machines needing refurbishing, and then new homes!
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

325 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Apr 17 2018 :  7:02:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Its almost strawberry season here and my DIL says the kids have eaten ALL of her jam, so we will be planning a big jam day soon!

Also the cherries on my tree are as big as peas. By the end of May we will deep in the pits!
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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2452 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2452 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2018 :  02:09:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Sara,

yes the sewing machine and parts are my business. A sister store would be great LOL.

Last saturday morning I given a free concert by the guitar playing neighbor playing his electric guitar with an amplifier. That went on for nearly 1.5 hrs. He was loud. I really would like to ask him why he thinks this is okay, but I know it's pointless. At the same time the people in the back were having their pool worked on, and the neighbors next to me with various loud construction. So I was getting it from 3 sides at once. I literally stood on my back patio, not even feeling stressed, like I've become numb to it all. Then the neighbor on the other side of the guitar player suddenly started running various pieces of equipment, loudly, as if he was annoyed by the guitar playing too. needless to say, the guitar playing stopped fairly quickly. I literally said out loud, 'thank goodness', when he started with the equipment, because i knew the other guy would stop playing the guitar. Did i mention that he also whistles loudly while he plays his guitar? LOL

I play the guitar, but I feel no need to sit outside early in the morning and annoy my neighbors. I remember when they first moved in next door, they were all outside singing and the guitar was playing, and i felt like the partridge family was next door. I think that the fact that this summer and the next are our last here, makes it easier to accept it all.

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Lil' Chefs Cookbook- Delicious Recipes for Toy Ovens - http://www.vintage-toy-ovens.com/

Vintage Sewing Machines, Original Parts & Related Book Titles - http://www.thriftyfarmgirl.com/

Handcrafted Artisan Soap https://www.etsy.com/shop/naturemaiden
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

325 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2018 :  07:47:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Connie! My heart is breaking for you! Neighbors are among the most difficult things in life!

I'm triple impressed about your business now that I see you wrote books on refurbishing the machines! You ROCK! I'm going to have to order some of them.
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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

2452 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
2452 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2018 :  3:11:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara thanks, I'm okay. i use to live in an apartment building that was quieter than these 3 neighbors. I keep telling my husband that one day we'll laugh about this, when we are at our new home admiring our mountains.

The sewing machine business sort of fell into my lap and I've built it over the last decade. I went to college for horticulture, and am obsessed with plants. I remember being a little girl and being in the woods, discovering the plants. Nature soothes my soul and is my main passion. My dream has always been to own a nursery, but property is too expensive here. I've worked at various nurseries and loved it.

What I'd like to do is some canning this year. I have a 2nd canner that i haven't used yet. I'd like to make a batch of sauerkraut and then can it. I haven't made jam in a while, and would love to do more.making jam is fun. I dont want to can too much since we'll have to lug it around when we move. Strawberry jam would be delightful! Yum. I'll have a lot of herbs to dry this year, as I have several types in the garden. I'm excited about gardening this year, even if it means I have to wear headphones to block out the neighbors while I do it. LOL.

What I'm planning now is what my dream garden will look like in our new home, and the foods I'll be preserving from it. I plan on having a huge walk in pantry lined with beautiful jars of canned food. I can't wait.

I hope my neighbors enjoy their pools, at least when the zombies come, I'll be prepared.

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Lil' Chefs Cookbook- Delicious Recipes for Toy Ovens - http://www.vintage-toy-ovens.com/

Vintage Sewing Machines, Original Parts & Related Book Titles - http://www.thriftyfarmgirl.com/

Handcrafted Artisan Soap https://www.etsy.com/shop/naturemaiden

Edited by - naturemaiden on Apr 18 2018 3:15:19 PM
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 27 2018 :  06:16:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Found a lg pkg of button mushrooms in marked down bin - they were white/no spots - great buy so I bought two pkgs. One for cooking and the other along with one large portabella mushroom for mushroom broth. Great base for soup and sauces. Should yield 4 pints. Pressured canned.

Also today I will make Pesto Abruzzese - recipe from my Preserving Italy cookbook by Domenica Marchetti. It's a paste made with carrots, celery, and onions in EVOO. Isn't canned but kept in fridge up to 2 wks. It's used like the holy trinity in Italian cooking as a start to soups and sauces. Not good raw but very cooked when cooked. I so like trying something new.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

532 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
532 Posts

Posted - Apr 28 2018 :  1:14:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara--I have never seen anyone can as much as you. I only can in the summer when I have too. I think it is wonderful that you do all this. I really admire you.

You Might Be a Redneck If---you've transported a goat in an economy car.---Jeff Foxworthy
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - Apr 28 2018 :  2:37:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sweet words, Barbara. I'm single so I do small batch canning and mostly with veggies from the store or what is given me. The only thing I use in canning that I grow are herbs. I like the convenience of having a variety of canned things on hand - especially on days I'm not feeling up to par.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

815 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
815 Posts

Posted - May 02 2018 :  6:17:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, I love reading about your canning and I am betting you are a wealth of information about the subject! Please feel free to share some of your recipes or do you just throw stuff together.


Jana

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Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 02 2018 :  6:32:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jana, a few recipes I follow to the letter but mostly I use what is on hand and I like together. I start with a basic recipe and follow the canning time. If I add something that has a longer canning time I adjust the time to meet that requirement.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

815 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
815 Posts

Posted - May 02 2018 :  6:42:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am so jealous Sara, I am still at the phase of following recipes. Don't get me wrong, I am trying all types of recipes, but nothing I created yet.

Jana

http://www.emhardt.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/cjhandcraftedstudio

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz

Edited by - janamarieje on May 02 2018 6:43:19 PM
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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

815 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
815 Posts

Posted - May 02 2018 :  6:46:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tonight I made pepper jam for a reunion gift in a couple weeks, but I am noticing the peppers are all floating to the top. Any suggestions to spread them out more evenly with future batches.

Jana

http://www.emhardt.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/cjhandcraftedstudio

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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AuntJamelle
True Blue Farmgirl

546 Posts

Jaime
South Bend Indiana
USA
546 Posts

Posted - May 14 2018 :  06:11:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Getting ready to jump back in with some jams soon, have been picking up lids and pectin!
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 14 2018 :  06:41:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jana I've had more trouble with pepper jelly than anything else either floating peppers or not setting up. Last time I made it I used MJ Chill Over Powder and all was good.

Jaime, gathering up supplies ahead of time is a must for a busy kitchen. Since I can year round every so often I take inventory of what I have on hand and what is needed. If I come across sales I stock up.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 21 2018 :  05:16:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pressure canning 4 pints mix-color bell peppers to use mainly in spaghetti sauces. The Ball Blue Book recipe calls for 1 Tbsp vinegar for each pint should help peppers keep their color.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

815 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
815 Posts

Posted - May 21 2018 :  05:22:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have so many blueberries on my two bushes that I canned six pint jars of blueberry jam.

Jana

http://www.emhardt.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/cjhandcraftedstudio

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 21 2018 :  05:37:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jana to have blueberry bushes must be great. The jam sounds good. One year I went to a blueberry farmed and picked them. Made blueberry lime jam or was it jelly - can't recall. Anyway blueberries and lime are a tasty combination.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

815 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
815 Posts

Posted - May 21 2018 :  05:40:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sara, I will try that the next batch, as there are many more blueberries in my future!

Jana

http://www.emhardt.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/cjhandcraftedstudio

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 21 2018 :  06:01:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That same time I made blueberry lime vinegar - sprinkled it over fresh fruit. Think I used rice vinegar. One cup smashed blueberries in quart jar - lime juice/zest to taste - fill jar with rice vinegar. Steep for week or till desired flavor. Decant by straining through cheesecloth or paper towel and put into smaller jars. Next time blueberries go on sale I may make up a batch of vinegar.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

815 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
815 Posts

Posted - May 21 2018 :  07:04:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sara, sound yummy!

Jana

http://www.emhardt.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/cjhandcraftedstudio

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 25 2018 :  03:19:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Temps in the 90s today so up and at it at 4a.m. this morning while my Yellow Rose Cottage is still cool. Pressure canning four pints green bell peppers and onions.

Four chicken thighs in crockpot with veggies for four pints chicken broth to can in the morning.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

532 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
532 Posts

Posted - May 25 2018 :  08:36:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara ---why would you can pinto beans? Do they taste better? I just buy some on sale and keep them up for emergencies I admire you for all that work===but do you think thy are worth it?.

Life isn't finding shelter in the storm. It's about learning to dance in the rain.===Sherrilyn Kenyon
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janamarieje
True Blue Farmgirl

815 Posts

Jana
Southern California
USA
815 Posts

Posted - May 25 2018 :  08:42:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara, I bet I know the answer to your question...so you can control the salt and additives that you find in store bought beans, but I would love to hear what Sara has to say.

Jana

http://www.emhardt.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/cjhandcraftedstudio

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! ~Charles Schulz
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3965 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3965 Posts

Posted - May 25 2018 :  09:03:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do buy pork n/ beans because I like them and have not been able to duplicate their flavor.

I can beans for three reasons. First I am single and don't want to eat on a pot of beans for a week. I can heirloom beans so I have a variety to choose from. Third I find peace and joy in canning - these days I need all the peace and joy I can get.

I have five different beans canned in pint jars and seven other beans to can in coming weeks. As I've said before I'm a small batch canner so most of what I put up is in pints or half pints.

Today I had peppers & onions left over from the four pints I put up in water to use in cooking. I made up a vinegar brine with spices/herbs/sugar and pickled what was left - yield 5 half pints. Should be good on sandwiches and with beans.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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AnnieinIdaho
True Blue Farmgirl

405 Posts

Annie
ID
USA
405 Posts

Posted - Jun 06 2018 :  10:25:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The apricots are beautiful, sweet and juicy this season. So I canned some apricot jam. It is enjoyable for me. Annie


"The turnings of life seldom show a sign-post; or rather, though the sign is always there, it is usually placed some distance back, like the notices that give warning of a bad hill or a level railway-crossing." Edith Wharton, 1913 from 'The Custom of the Country'.
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